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PA Cannabis Rally becomes statewide event in 3rd year at Nay Aug Park in Scranton on April 23

PA Cannabis Rally becomes statewide event in 3rd year at Nay Aug Park in Scranton on April 23
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As Pennsylvania begins to accept applications to grow medical marijuana and establish dispensaries in the state next month, the NEPA Cannabis Rally will become a statewide event this year when it returns to Nay Aug Park in Scranton on Sunday, April 23 with a slightly different name – the Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival.

Organized by Big Yield Hydroponics, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Cannabis Network, the Keystone Cannabis Coalition, and other Pennsylvania activists, the third annual family-friendly event will run from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and will feature guest speakers, live music and entertainment, art, vendors, food, hiking trails, and more. It is free and open to everyone, including leashed pets.

Musical acts throughout the day include Stronger Than Dirt, Philadelphia Slick, Mysterytrain, Still Hand String Band, Riffmatik, Friends of the Family, Drive, Piece of Mind, Alex O’Brien, and Mother Nature’s Sons with a tribute to Wilkes-Barre reggae artist George Wesley, who passed away last year.

Past speakers have included activists, political candidates, environmentalists, and other supporters of marijuana legalization. The festival is currently accepting applications for vendors, entertainment, volunteers, and sponsors on Facebook.

Learn more about the origins of the event at Nay Aug Park (500 Arthur Ave., Scranton) in Episode 22 of the NEPA Scene Podcast with organizers Jeff Zick and Mandy McCarthy, recorded just after its inaugural event:

For more information on the festival, see the Facebook event page.

See photos from the 2015 NEPA Cannabis Rally here.

Photo by Ken Jones Imagery